June 14 (Renewables Now) - Spanish pulp mills operator Ence Energia y Celulosa SA (BME:ENC) announced on Thursday it has entered the test operational period for a 46-MW biomass plant.
The move comes after the company received the Act of Provisional Commissioning to test all the equipment of the new facility.
Located in Huelva, the biomass power plant is scheduled to commence commercial operations by the end of the year. It has the capacity to export 299,000 MWh to the local network, enough to meet the electrical consumption of more than 55,700 people, Ence stated.
The facility will mainly use agroforestry residues from the surrounding ares as fuel, which in turn will help reduce uncontrolled burning and the risk of forest fires.
When completed, the biomass plant will increase the installed capacity of Ence in the region to 137 MW from the current 91 MW, allowing the generation of more than 890,000 MWh per year.